July 12th 2016 |


Sir Jeremy Heywood

Sir Jeremy Heywood was appointed Cabinet Secretary following the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s retirement in December 2011. From September 2014 Jeremy also took on the title Head of the Civil Service.

Prior to that, Sir Jeremy Heywood was Permanent Secretary to two successive Prime Ministers at 10 Downing Street. He also spent over three years as a Managing Director including as co-head of the UK Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Sir Jeremy Heywood occupied a range of senior civil service roles, including as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1999–2003).

Prior to that, he had a variety of senior roles at HM Treasury including:
Head of Securities and Markets Policy
Head of Corporate and Management Change

He also served as Principal Private Secretary to Chancellors Norman Lamont and Kenneth Clarke and had a spell at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. His first job in the civil service was as an Economic Adviser to the Health and Safety Executive.

John Manzoni

John Manzoni became Chief Executive of the Civil Service on 13 October 2014. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

Melanie Dawes

Melanie Dawes took up her role as Permanent Secretary for DCLG on 1 March 2015. She is also gender champion for the Civil Service and sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee.

Melanie was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) at the Cabinet Office from October 2011, responsible for overseeing the system of Cabinet decision-making.

Between 2006 and 2011 she was at HMRC, including as one of the department’s Commissioners. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.

Before joining HMRC, Melanie spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director from 2002 to 2006. She started her career as an economist and has worked on public spending, tax and tax credit policy, macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.

Richard Heaton

Richard became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice in September 2015. Prior to this, he was the Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office and First Parliamentary Counsel. He has been the Civil Service Race Champion since August 2014.

He has been working in the Civil Service since 1991, when he joined the Home Office as a legal adviser, and has held a variety of posts in his 25 year career: working in various legal teams across government, the chief lawyer at the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health and MoJ, and Director General for policy on pensions and ageing society at DWP.

Richard lives in Southwark, London, where he is chair of a local charity.”

Stephen Lovegrove

The Prime Minister has appointed Stephen Lovegrove as the new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. He will succeed Jon Thompson, who is taking up the post of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary.

Mr Lovegrove is currently the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), a post he has held since February 2013.

Prior to DECC, he spent 9 years at the Shareholder Executive and was appointed Chief Executive in June 2007. Before that he spent ten years at Deutsche Bank, where he was the head of the European media team working on a wide range of capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments in all the sub-sectors of the media industry. Before the City, Stephen spent five years as a strategic consultant.

Stephen also sat on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and is a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, will introduce this session on Improved Outcomes and, drawing on his own experience, will share his views on how he believes civil servants can improve outcomes and build trust in public services.

Sir Simon McDonald

Sir Simon McDonald is the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sir Simon joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and has served in Berlin, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn, Washington and Tel Aviv, and in a wide range of jobs in London.

Before taking up the role of PUS, Sir Simon served as the British Ambassador to Berlin from 2010 to 2015, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006 he was British Ambassador to Israel.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.

Clare Moriarty

Clare Moriarty took up her appointment as Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 August 2015.

Clare is a qualified accountant and her career has encompassed leadership roles in complex policy and finance, corporate support functions and operational areas in a number of government departments including the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport.

In her previous role, she was appointed Director General for Rail in January 2013 in the Department for Transport. In this industry-facing role she was responsible for delivery of the government’s objectives for rail, from developing strategy through franchise procurement and management, to major infrastructure projects. She was responsible for the £3 billion rail budget and led commercial relationships with a wide range of private sector partners. Before this she was Director General, Corporate Group in the Department for Transport. She was responsible for finance, corporate services and sponsorship of the five motoring agencies. She had the role of Acting Permanent Secretary between January and April 2012.

Her earlier career was spent mainly in policy roles in the Department of Health and the NHS. In the mid-1990s she served as Principal Private Secretary to both Conservative and Labour Secretaries of State for Health, and later piloted NHS Foundation Trust policy from legislation to implementation. From 2005 to 2008 Clare was Constitution Director at the Ministry of Justice.

She has a long-standing interest in leadership, organisational development and change. She was Board champion for gender at the Department for Transport, supporting the development of women leaders across the Civil Service.

Sue Owen

Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 4 September 2013 and joined the department on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion.

Career highlights include:
Director General of Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, 2011-2013
Director General, Welfare and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2011
Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995
Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88

Olly Robbins

Oliver Robbins was appointed Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office in September 2015.

Having initially joined as a graduate entrant, Oliver has had a long Civil Service career spanning HM Treasury, Downing Street and the main board of an operational agency. From January 2014 to September 2015 he was Director General, Civil Service, leading on Civil Service Reform. Prior to this, he was Deputy National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and the UK’s National Security Council.

Oliver studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford.

Philip Rutnam

Philip Rutnam joined the Department for Transport (DfT) as Permanent Secretary in April 2012

Before joining DfT, Philip was the Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He was responsible for policy on industry and enterprise, including regional economic development and support for small business. Before joining BIS, Philip helped to establish Ofcom and then led its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum.

In April 2015, Philip became the Civil Service Disability Champion.

Jon Thompson

Jon was appointed Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in April 2016 after more than three years as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.

As Chief Executive, Jon is responsible for delivering the department’s strategy, including HMRC’s ambitious transformation programme, business objectives and customer service improvements.

Jon is HMRC’s Accounting Officer, accountable to Parliament for the department’s expenditure and performance.

He is also a Commissioner of Revenue and Customs, and a member of the HMRC Board.

A member of the Civil Service Board, Jon leads HMRC’s relationships with other government departments.

Jon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA).

He is married to Dawn, they have three sons and live in Cambridgeshire.

Chris Wormald

Chris Wormald has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health, following Dame Una O'Brien's recent announcement that she is to step down from the role. Chris will move across from his current role of Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education. The appointment has been made by the Cabinet Secretary with the approval of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health.

Chris Wormald was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education in March 2012.

His previous posts include:

Director General in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Office
Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Director General, Public Service Reform, Cabinet Office
Director General for Local Government and Regeneration at the Department for Communities and Local Government
Principal Private Secretary to Estelle Morris and Charles Clarke

Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones became First Minister of Wales in December 2009. Following re-election in May 2011, Carwyn Jones heads the Welsh Government and announced a new Programme for Government in September 2011.

Carwyn Jones was elected to represent the constituency of Bridgend in the first elections to the newly created National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and within a year was a member of the Cabinet.

His first Cabinet role was as a Deputy Secretary in March 2000, and he was appointed Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary later that year.

The role of Business Minister was added to his Rural Affairs portfolio in March 2002. In June of the same year he was appointed Minister for Open Government.

Following the 2nd Assembly election in May 2003 he took on the role of Minister for the Environment, Planning and the Countryside. During this time he was responsible for the Welsh response to the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak.

In May 2007 he was appointed Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language and from July 2007 was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the House in the coalition Welsh Assembly Government with Plaid Cymru. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 9 June 2010.

Born in 1967, Carwyn Jones was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend; University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to his election as an Assembly Member, he was a Barrister in Chambers in Swansea specialising in Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law and a Tutor at Cardiff University Law School. He has been a Bridgend County Borough Councillor and was Chair of the County Borough Council Labour Group.

He is a member of Amnesty International, Unison, Unite and the Fabian Society. He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and played an active role in the 'Yes for Wales' campaign to extend the law-making powers of the National Assembly for Wales.

Married with 2 children, Carwyn Jones is a fluent Welsh speaker. His interests include sport, reading and travel.

Leslie Evans

Leslie Evans was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government on July 1, 2015. In this role, Leslie is the principal policy adviser to the First Minister and Secretary to the Scottish Cabinet.

She is also the Principal Accountable Officer for the Scottish Government with personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity of Government finance and for economic, efficient and effective use of all related resources.

Leslie is the senior Civil Servant in Scotland and leads more than 5,000 civil servants working for the Scottish Government, supporting development, implementation and communication of government policies, in accordance with the Civil Service Code.

Leslie joined the Scottish Government in September 2000, having spent 20 years working for local authorities in Scotland (City of Edinburgh Council and Stirling Council) and England (London Borough of Greenwich and Sheffield City Council).

Her previous post within the Scottish Government was Director General Learning and Justice. Previous positions include Head of Local Government Constitution & Governance Division, Head of Public Service Reform Group, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Director of Culture, External Affairs and Tourism.

Married with one son, Leslie was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Scotland since 1985. She attended High Storrs School in Sheffield and studied Music at the University of Liverpool.